’s Top 6 Posts for June 2014

by Jeff Wiener on June 30, 2014

1. Digitcom Named to Profit 500 List of Fastest Growing Canadian Companies

Evidence of its unwavering commitment to customer service and cutting edge communications solutions, Digitcom, a leading Canadian business phone systems and data networks distributor, has been named to the Profit 500 list of fastest growing Canadian companies, a distinguished honour for the firm following the recent introduction of several cutting edge communications products.

With the telecommunications market rapidly transitioning to the cloud, Digitcom has been actively promoting its new hosted PBX, SIP trunks, and its unique hybrid hosted solution, which allows companies to connect their premised-based PBX to the cloud, offering customers desk-to-desk dial between the two solutions, truly advanced solutions that are clearly meeting a vital need among the company’s rapidly expanding client base.

2. Google to Integrate Samsung’s KNOX Technology into the Next Android Version

Google announced this month that it is integrating Samsung’s KNOX security technology into the next iteration of Android. Currently Samsung’s security software is geared towards enterprise, so by adopting it Google is clearly hoping to increase Android’s appeal among security-minded businesses and governments, an area dominated by BlackBerry, and in which Apple is beginning to gain significant market share.

Not to be outdone, however, Blackberry announced its own BBM Protected messaging platform, an improvement on its previous BBM offering that allows enterprise complete communication security, including protection from government intrusion.

3. Quebecor Ready to Challenge Big Three

Quebecor is ready to take up the challenge to become the fourth national wireless player, the company’s president and CEO Pierre Dion said earlier this month, speaking at the 2014 Canadian Telecom Summit in Toronto. During his speech he outlined the company’s future goals: to bring a new, low-cost wireless service to the country, providing competitive voice, data, and roaming plans, which is currently only available in Europe andAustralia.

“Our vision is to provide Canadians with a new high quality, low-cost wireless choice and real wireless competition,” said Mr. Dion. “We aim to deliver real low-cost wireless plans for consumers, real wireless competition, and a real new offering in the Canadian marketplace. Under the right conditions, we are ready, willing and able to becomeCanada’s “fourth wireless competitor.”

4. Love and Technology: The Changing Paradigm of Human Relationships

Relationships have always been complicated, people fumbling about trying to understand the wants and needs of other equally complex human beings. In fact things have seemingly become that much more difficult as relationship paradigms continue to shift, with the rise of polyamory and the growing popularity of open relationships now meaning many of us are now trying to understand and satisfy the desires of multiple people at once.

In this chaotic cacophony of emotion it truly does seem like relationships with our smartphones, tablets, and computers are often easier, as communication is seamless and straightforward, not to mention the unending stream of data shared between us and our devices often means those lovable gadgets now seemingly know us better than our flesh and blood companions.

5. Unabated Cyber-Crime Forcing Rethink of Data Collection Habits

Cyber-crime costs the global economy upwards of $445 billion every year, with theft of intellectual property and other such damages far exceeding the already staggering $160 billion cost to individuals from hacking. What’s worse though, is that security analysts fear that ultimately no matter what steps businesses take to protect both their and your information that it won’t be enough. There is nothing anyone can do to stop digital breaches.

In fact it seems that information has become toxic, meaning the more information companies have the more said information will be sought after by nefarious ne’er-do-wells, meaning the more those companies ultimately stand to lose. Simply put, with cyber-crime skyrocketing and the security industry seemingly powerless to mitigate the damage perhaps its time to view data and data storage in a different light, taking a counter-intuitive less-is-more approach.

6. Sprint and T-Mobile Move Toward a $32 Billion Deal

Two “smaller” players in theUSwireless market, Sprint and T-Mobile, have agreed the broad outline of a merger that sets the latter’s price at $32 billion, people familiar with the matter have told the Wall Street Journal.

Under the agreed terms, Sprint would pay around $40 per share for T-Mobile, and the acquisition could be closed as early as this summer. The formal contract is still under development, and when completed, the merger would combine the country’s third- and fourth-largest carriers into a single wireless player strong enough to compete with AT&T and Verizon, while leaving consumers with fewer choices. Also, Sprint would pay T-Mobile more than $1 billion in cash and other assets if the deal is rejected, the sources say. The two parties can expect strong opposition from various parties.

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